Obama's alien work-permit jackpot

A massive proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on New Year’s Eve, “would provide various benefits” to immigrant workers, “high-skilled” foreign guest workers on H-1B visas, and foreign college graduates to guarantee them “greater stability and job flexibility”—along with guaranteeing fast-track, “automatic extensions” of alien work permits (employment authorization documents, or EADS) for foreigners admitted under 15 categories…

That’s in addition to the executive expansion of the Optional Practical Training program, through which 560,000 foreign “students” have been authorized to work in the U.S. As John and I point out, it may well be America’s largest de facto guest-worker program, yet it has never been authorized by Congress. This backdoor H-1B visa increase allows foreign students to work with little monitoring, no wage protections, no payment of Social Security payroll taxes and no requirement for employers to demonstrate labor market shortages.

Moreover, Obama last year unilaterally started allowing upwards of 180,000 spouses of H-1B workers (H-4 visa holders) to work in the United States immediately and 55,000 a year in subsequent years. In April 2015, John and the Immigration Reform Law Institute filed another federal lawsuit in D.C. challenging President Obama’s arbitrary and capricious regulatory expansion of work authorizations for H-1B workers’ spouses (classified as H-4 visa holders). The plaintiff, Save Jobs USA, is a group of former Southern California Edison employees who were forced to train their foreign guest-worker replacements before being laid off.